QUEEN ELIZABETH II could be forced to abdicate her throne giving it to Prince Charles due to a heartbreaking health condition, a royal expert has claimed as they said there wouldn’t be any other option.
The Monarch’s health has been a growing concern for royal fans as the Queen holds the title for the longest-reigning monarch at 66 years and counting. The 93-year-old sparked worry when she was photographed with a large purple bruise on her left hand at Buckingham Palace after meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah and Queen Rania. Doctors have since said the bruise was most likely caused by a minor injury as people whose age are more prone to bruising.
Speaking on Royal Central’s podcast, editor Lydia Starbuck said: “It does raise questions. Hypothetically in the future, if someone who was ruling were to develop a condition like dementia.
“At what stage can others step in to either become regent or to take responsibility away because often it’s a very difficult area that people are capable in some areas of their life and losing abilities in others.”
Royal expert Brittani Barger added: “In the past when dementia wasn’t really known we know that had to have been monarchs across the globe who had it.
“They may have had their child or whatever doing all the grunt work but that was before a time we knew what it was.
The Queen could be forced to abdicate her throne giving it to Prince Charles (Image GETTY)
The Monarch’s health has been a growing concern for royal fans (Image GETTY)
“The media now, if some monarch does get something like dementia, ALS or any disease like that, I think they would really have no option but to get a regent.”
Ms Starbuck added: “I think if anything happens it is more likely she will make Charles regent instead of completely abdicating.
“I think it’s very unlikely that she will completely abdicate.”
As regent, Prince Charles would assume the majority of duties Queen Elizabeth II currently carries out but would not be crowned king until the passing of his mother.
The Queen is the longest-reigning monarch (Image GETTY)
The last regency in the UK took place between 1811 and 1820 when future King George IV took over control from his father George III.
Royal biographer Phil Dampier believes Charles is already gaining more duties from the monarch.
Mr Dampier said: “He is starting to do that already, being at the state opening in Parliament and the Commonwealth conference.
“He is starting to take over a lot of her duties and doing the investitures.”
Line of succession to the throne (Image EXPRESS)
Prince Charles is also believed to have been meeting with the Queen throughout the week to discuss matters of state, with the Prince of Wales also reportedly included in a distribution list of despatch boxes the monarch regularly receives from Whitehall.
Royal author Robert Jobson said the Queen and Prince Charles are already in a “period of transition” whereby the sovereign is granting her son with more and more responsibility.
Mr Jobson said: “The Queen at her next birthday will be 93. She has not completed a long-haul state visit since 2011.
“Although the Prince of Wales has talked about there only being one sovereign at a time and that is true, what you do have is a bit of a dual monarchy at the moment and a transition that is ongoing.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK